Wimmer makes Spurs move

first_img Despite qualifying for the Europa League, Spurs had the joint-fifth worst defensive record in the Barclays Premier League last season, conceding 53 goals in 38 matches. Wimmer is looking forward to the challenge of breaking into Tottenham’s first team. He told Cologne’s website: “Tottenham is a huge chance for me. Nonetheless, it won’t be easy saying goodbye to Cologne. “I experienced wonderful moments here, such as the promotion and the Klassenerhalt (staying up). “I want to thank the training staff, my team-mates, and all those involved in the club for their extraordinary support. “FC and its fantastic fans will always remain something special for me.” Cologne general manager Jörg Schmadtke added: “Kevin has improved tremendously during his time here and has developed into an Austrian international player. “Of course it is with some regret that he will be leaving us, but we understand that he is getting the opportunity to play for one of the biggest traditional clubs in London. Press Association “In our dealings with Tottenham we were able to reach an agreement that all parties were happy with.” Pochettino is expected to add further names to his squad this summer. The Spurs boss has been linked with players like Danny Ings and Morgan Schneiderlin as he looks to turn Tottenham into serious challengers for Champions League qualification next season. Chairman Daniel Levy insists he will leave it up to the Argentinian to decide who comes and goes at White Hart Lane this close season. “As has always been the case the coach always makes the final decision,” Levy said in a Facebook Q&A session with fans. Pochettino gave Harry Kane his maiden run in the Tottenham first team last season and the move paid off handsomely, with the striker scoring 31 goals. Next term, young striker Alex Pritchard will be given a chance to make his mark on the first team after scoring 12 goals on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Brentford. “He is in our plans for next season,” Pochettino said of the 22-year-old. “He starts pre-season when he gets back from the (Under-21) Euros and we are looking forward to having him back after a successful loan with Brentford.” Spurs will round off their post-season tour on Saturday when they play Sydney FC. On Wednesday Tottenham beat a Malaysia XI 2-1 in Kuala Lumpur thanks to a brace from Kane, who was substituted after 57 minutes. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has highlighted defence as one of the areas where his team needs to improve next season and he has moved quickly to sign 22-year-old Wimmer on a five-year deal. Pochettino gave spells to Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul, Federico Fazio and Eric Dier alongside the near ever-present Jan Vertonghen, but Spurs regularly looked weak at the back last year. Tottenham started their summer recruitment drive with the £4million signing of Austria centre-back Kevin Wimmer from Cologne. last_img read more

Koeman welcomes Rodriguez return

first_imgSouthampton assistant boss Erwin Koeman has hailed the return of forward Jay Rodriguez after 16 months on the sidelines with a serious knee injury. Press Association And while Koeman hailed Rodriguez’s re-emergence he is clearly aware that it will still take time before he returns to the form which had been expected to earn him a World Cup berth last summer. Koeman said: “I think for him it was a big victory to start because he had trained for six weeks already with us and he made some minutes so he was ready for it. “But after that long period of being out for maybe 15 or 16 months, I have to say he played very well.” Koeman – who was standing in for brother Ronald who could not travel due to rupturing an Achilles – also admitted his side face a big test if they are to continue to defy the exertions of a Europa League campaign. Koeman was pleased with the way Saints finished stronger at St James’ Park – with Sadio Mane missing two glorious chances to claim victory in injury time – but knows the tougher tests are to come. With a gruelling Europa League group-stage campaign looming if his side see off Denmark’s FC Midtjyllands over a two-legged play-off, Koeman admitted: “It will be hard but first before the group stage we have to play two more games against a good opponent, so then we will see.” Meanwhile Newcastle boss Steve McClaren believes his side showed glimpses of a strong fighting spirit in the way they hit back from conceding an early goal to Graziano Pelle to take the lead shortly after half-time. It was a particularly encouraging sight for McClaren who admitted pre-season preparations had not gone entirely to plan with the Magpies losing three of their last four warm-up games prior to the big kick-off. McClaren said: “We learned so much and I think once we get our fitness levels up as the weeks go on this will certainly give us something to build on, not just for the team but the whole squad. “I think the key thing is we went a goal down to their first shot on goal and when we went a goal down in pre-season we have not had the belief to come back from that. “But what a great response – they kept playing, they kept composed, they kept patient and they kept creating chances and it was a great boost for us to get back in the game just before half-time.” Rodriguez made his first Barclays Premier League appearance since being stretchered off against Manchester City in April 2014 as his side started the season with a 2-2 draw at Newcastle. The 26-year-old England international missed a scoring chance in the first half but showed plenty of encouraging signs before being replaced by Shane Long in the 65th minute. last_img read more

Esteban Chaves tops Vuelta a Espana general classification after stage six win

first_img Following up his second-stage triumph on Sunday, Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE) won the 200.3-kilometre sixth stage from Cordoba to Sierra de Cazorla with an attack just over two kilometres from the end. Having passed Great Britain’s Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) at the front, Chaves then held off the challenge of Irishman Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) and Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), who both crossed the line five seconds later than him. Colombia’s Esteban Chaves secured another stage victory at the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday to return to the top of the general classification ahead of Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin. Back in the red jersey, Chaves now leads second-placed Dumoulin by 10 seconds in the overall standings, while Martin has moved above compatriot Nicolas Roche into third place at 33 secs behind Chaves. Both Roche – 36s back overall – and his Team Sky colleague, Britain’s 2015 Tour de France winner Chris Froome, finished Thursday’s stage in a group that were 11 seconds behind Chaves, along with the likes of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana. Froome is seventh in the general classification at 55s, with Spaniards Daniel Moreno (Katusha) and Valverde (Movistar) sixth at 51 and fifth at 49 respectively. Colombia’s Quintana is ninth at 57s. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Premier League Match Facts

first_img West Ham’s 100 per cent away record has a strong probability of continuing against the division’s bottom side. Sunderland are winless in their last 10 Premier League matches and have allowed visiting sides a whopping average of 18 shots in each of their home matches this season. With the Hammers having needed fewer than four attempts to score each away goal so far, Slaven Bilic should be confident of keeping his side in the top four this weekend. Chelsea v Southampton Chelsea have been out of sorts lately but they face another side down on their luck this weekend. Southampton have not recorded a single league victory in their last 10 away matches, while the Blues have scored in each of their last 22 home Premier League games. Both sides benefited from a strong defence last season but while the Saints have continued to restrict opponents well, their hosts seem to have lost the knack. No top-flight side has seen a greater share of their opponents’ shots trouble their goalkeeper than Chelsea’s 44 per cent, while their visitors have allowed the smallest percentage to find the target: just 24 per cent. Everton v Liverpool While Liverpool’s attack has struggled in front of goal this season, needing an average of over 15 efforts to score each Premier League goal so far, neighbours Everton have required half as many and are looking sharp enough for another charge at the Champions League places. No side has been more clinical in front of their own fans and only three have needed fewer attempts to score than their average of 7.4 overall. Despite the various ups and downs of these two teams, when they come together they often cannot be separated: five of the last six Merseyside derbies in the Premier League have ended in a draw. Arsenal v Man Utd They may not have scored as many goals as they would have liked, but Arsenal have had no trouble working the ball into good positions this season. The Gunners have taken the division’s second-highest percentage of shots from inside the penalty area (71 per cent) which should stand them in good stead against a United side that has allowed the top-flight’s highest percentage of efforts from inside the box (69 per cent). While Arsenal have taken far more shots than United this season – an average of 21 per match to the Red Devils’ more modest 11.4 – their approach has been quite ‘scatter gun’, with a goal arriving once every 14.7 efforts. Their visitors and old rivals have been far more clinical, requiring fewer than half the number of chances (6.7) to score each of their Premier League goals so far. Swansea v Tottenham Swansea drew their first ever Premier League meeting with Tottenham, but despite establishing themselves as a top-flight side since then they have yet to take any further points from this encounter. With Spurs coming off the back of a 4-1 triumph over Manchester City and unbeaten since the season’s opening day, this could be a frustrating afternoon for the Liberty Stadium faithful. Saido Berahino has gone from hero to villain and back to hero again since the end of last season and he has a decent chance of finding the net for the third match in a row here. Palace have allowed their opponents more shots than anyone else in the top flight this season – an average of 18.9 per match – so expect plenty of opportunities to fall the Baggies’ way. If West Brom are to record a third win of the season at Palace’s expense then they will need to start quickly: three quarters of their league goals this season have come in the first half while seven of Palace’s nine have been scored after the interval. Aston Villa v Stoke One of these two underachieving sides is guaranteed to finish the weekend in the bottom three, so the stakes are high for both managers. Villa have not won since the opening day of the season while Stoke are winless in eight away league outings, so both can end a poor run here. The venue appears to give Tim Sherwood the advantage, with Stoke having allowed opponents an average of 21 shots in each of their away fixtures so far: the highest in the division. Bournemouth v Watford These two defences have adapted to life in the Premier League very differently. Bournemouth are the division’s most porous side so far, facing an average of just 6.1 shots for each goal conceded, while only two top-flight clubs have proven harder to break down than Watford, who have withstood 14.5 shots for each goal conceded. The long-term injury to Callum Wilson will surely make it tough for the Cherries to unlock their visitors’ tenacious back line. Man City v Newcastle The recent history of this encounter does not bode well for Steve McClaren. In the last six Premier League meetings between Newcastle and Manchester City, the Magpies have scored one goal to City’s 20 and that came back in December 2012. With Newcastle only mustering an average of 8.7 shots per match compared to their hosts’ 20.1, it would be harder for the form book to favour a home win more heavily than it does here. Norwich v Leicester A late Leicester goal would not come as a surprise here. The Foxes have scored five times in the final 15 minutes of matches this season – the most of any Premier League side – while hosts Norwich have shipped four in this period, also a division high. The Canaries have the top-flight’s leakiest home defence so far, conceding once for every 4.8 shots faced, while only West Ham have been more clinical on the road than Leicester, who have needed just 5.4 attempts to score each away goal. Sunderland v West Ham Crystal Palace v West Brom Press Associationlast_img read more

Praise floods in for Martin O’Neill and his team after Euro 2016 qualification

first_img Press Association “It’s everything we deserve and more,” he told Sky Sports News. “The last tournament we didn’t really turn up and I know coming away a lot of players were disappointed and now they have this great opportunity. “We didn’t do ourselves justice in the last tournament, but this group of players has achieved something which is amazing. They will remember this for the rest of their lives.” Walters has now scored four goals in his last five internationals and earned praise after his Dublin double. Hull midfielder David Meyler, who suffered a knee injury in training ahead of the first leg on Saturday, tweeted: “I love you @JonWalters19.” Derby boss Paul Clement tweeted congratulations to his quartet of County players who have helped Ireland qualify for France. He wrote: “Congratulations to our Players – Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, Cyrus Christie and Alex Pearce and the Republic of Ireland. Euro 2016!!!!” Twenty-time champion jockey AP McCoy wrote: ” Great result brilliant to see Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane look as happy as every other Irish person @FAIreland.” Two goals from Jonathan Walters earned a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dublin on Monday meaning, the hosts reached France 3-1 on aggregate. It is just the third time the Republic have qualified for the European Championships and they join England, Wales and Northern Ireland at next year’s tournament. Management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have been hailed after the Republic of Ireland booked their place at Euro 2016. Ray Houghton, who earned 73 caps for Ireland and played in the 1994 World Cup, told BBC Radio 5 Live O’Neill and Keane have worked wonders. He said: “Martin is one of those managers who has grown into the job, if you see him game by game he was getting more involved. The same with Roy Keane. “This means so much to Martin. It’s been a long haul, a lot of effort and blood, sweat and tears has gone into this team. “It’s about every player who goes out there and pulls that green shirt and they will go into battle with anyone.” Ireland and Stoke goalkeeper Shay Given – out with a knee injury – also praised the duo. “Eyebrows were raised when they first came in. We didn’t know what they were going to be like either but Martin and Roy have done what they set out to do,” said the 39-year-old on 5 Live. “They have really clicked together, they have struck up a real friendship over the course of the last couple of years.” The Republic have qualified for a second successive Euros after reaching Poland and Ukraine in 2012, where they were knocked out of the group stages, and former midfielder Graham Kavanagh believes they have a chance to do better this time. last_img read more

Jose Mourinho accepts blame and admits top four may now be beyond Chelsea

first_img The loss plunged Chelsea into crisis again and puts Mourinho’s position under further scrutiny, two months to the day since he was subject of the first vote of confidence in Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership. Asked if he still has the confidence of the club, Mourinho said: “Yes, I believe.” The Portuguese again insisted he had no “right” to demand transfer activity in January. “The owner and the board are not responsible for the bad moments,” he added. “The responsibility for the bad moment is my responsibility and the players’ responsibility.” Mourinho also appeared to concede defeat in Chelsea’s bid to reach the top four and qualify for the Champions League. “Our objective is to finish top four,” he told Sky Sports. “Before this game it was realistic to think that our quality would take us out of this position, but maybe now we have to think about top six.” He later told the post-match media conference: “Let’s think about winning the next game and forget targets. To fix targets at this moment with our inconsistency is difficult.” The Blues boss thought his side had turned a corner with last Sunday’s goalless draw at Tottenham, only to oversee another woeful display. Mourinho was scathing in his criticism of some of his Chelsea players, although he insisted he was not disappointed with the performance, only the result. “I explain the inconsistency with unlucky details,” Mourinho said. “You cannot have bigger details than one penalty that is not given and one goal offside that decides the game. We are always unlucky in these little details. “But apart from that, inconsistency has also to do with individual inconsistency. “With some players, you don’t know when they are performing really well and when the performances is below level, it’s difficult. “When you get good momentum and good consecutive results, it’s because you have stability in performances. “Stability in performances has a big relation with individual performances and we had today again a couple that you need more, you expect more and they don’t give enough.” Mourinho insisted Chelsea did not need a new striker, despite again starting Costa on the bench, but rued missed opportunities which will not register among the official statistics. “We had enough chances and more than chances we had a lot of half chances and we couldn’t touch the ball, which is disappointing,” Mourinho said. “If you are in the box, you have to attack the ball and touch. These are big chances that we have to score.” Mourinho has often fallen foul of disciplinary regulations this season and has a suspended one-match stadium ban hanging over him, so refused to go further in his comments on the key decisions. “It was a penalty and the goal is offside, but the referee made a mistake and the linesman made another mistake,” Mourinho added. “That’s football.” However, Bournemouth counterpart Howe disagreed with Mourinho’s view of Chelsea’s penalty appeal. “I think Simon’s committed to his slide,” he said. “His arm’s there, it’s not moved towards the ball. I think that would’ve been extremely harsh.” On the magnitude of the win for a club who have flirted with extinction, Howe said: “I think it’s at the very top. “We’ve never been in the Premier League before, so when you come to the champions and beat them, I think it must rank as the best individual result of the club’s history.” It meant even more for the Cherries given the injuries to key personnel this season. “It gives the players some reward for how hard they’ve worked,” Howe added. “It’s only one game but it does give us a huge boost going into the Christmas period.” Jose Mourinho accepted responsibility for Chelsea’s miserable title defence and appeared to write off the prospect of a top-four finish following the Barclays Premier League loss to Bournemouth. The Cherries, promoted after winning the Championship last season, inflicted an eighth league defeat of the campaign on the Blues, with Glenn Murray’s late header securing a 1-0 win which Eddie Howe lauded as the most significant result in the club’s history. Mourinho felt the Blues should have had a penalty prior to that when a Diego Costa cut-back hit Simon Francis on the arm and also believed referee Mike Jones was wrong to allow the goal, which had a hint of offside. Press Associationlast_img read more

Don Poli gets the better of Many Clouds at Aintree

first_imgDon Poli wore down Many Clouds from the final fence to take Listed honours in the Betfred Lotto ‘£100K Cash Giveaway’ Chase at Aintree. Many Clouds, winner of the Crabbie’s Grand National in April, made a gallant bid to give 5lb to Don Poli (6-5 favourite), but Willie Mullins’ raider was able to grind out victory. Southfield Theatre and Many Clouds set a steady pace on the soft ground until the latter cried enough with five fences left. Many Clouds stuck to the task but the Willie Mullins-trained Don Poli, winner of the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, gained the upper hand under Bryan Cooper on the run-in to score by four lengths. Menorah was third of the four runners. Cooper, who produced a fine performance in the saddle having endured tack problems, said: “The saddle slipped on Don Poli. It was kind of gone after a circuit but I thought that, with a few jumps, it might come forward again. “Don Poli did it well and that wouldn’t have helped him – it would have probably pinched him a bit. He showed guts and he is never going to be impressive in what he does, so I wouldn’t read too much into today. He got the job done and will have to step up now. “I always knew that I would come out better in a battle because he is tough. To be fair to Many Clouds, he has had a run and Don Poli hasn’t. I was quite happy that, if I didn’t make a mistake over the last two fences, I had him covered. “Don Poli is the one that is very hard to compare with the other Gigginstown horses because he only does what he has to but, going by Cheltenham last year, he was very impressive. “I would imagine that we would go to the Lexus Chase or King George and we might have a better idea of where we are going then.” Oliver Sherwood declared himself “chuffed” with the effort of Many Clouds. He said: “He travelled and jumped great and I thought we had Don Poli beaten, but we were giving him 5lb and every pound counts. “He showed his old enthusiasm and still has plenty of petrol. He could even come on again for that run. “I haven’t got a clue where we go next, but the opportunities are there in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham and the Denman at Newbury. We’ll just have a think.” Don Poli remains unchanged at 7-1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Paddy Power and 6-1 with Betfred, while Many Clouds is 16-1 clear favourite for the Grand National with the latter from 20-1. Press Associationlast_img read more

Video shows possible kidnapping of 16-year-old girl

first_imgPolice in New York are currently searching for a 16-year-old girl they believe may have been kidnapped while she was out with her mother.The incident was reported, Monday around 11:20 pm.Authorities say Karol Sanchez was walking with her mom on Eagle Avenue when they both were approached by a beige-colored four-door sedan.Two suspects then got out of the vehicle and grabbed the teen and dragged her inside. During the altercation, the teen’s mother was pushed to the ground but she was able to tell authorities that the suspects were four men in their 20’s and that the vehicle took off driving eastbound on East 156th Street.It is unclear at this time whether the victims knew the suspects.The teen is described as being about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 150 lbs. She has short black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a dark-blue short jacket, white sweater, blue jeans, and black sneakers.last_img read more

Police chief arrested in connection with mass murder of family

first_imgAccording to reports, a municipal police chief in Mexico has been arrested for allegedly being involved in the mass murder of a family near the U.S.-Mexican border.Mexican authorities have arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, and authorities believe the murders were due to conflict between local drug cartels battling for control of the area.3 women, and 6 children were killed in Sonora state on November 4th.The arrest comes a month after President Donald Trump said he wanted to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.last_img

Dr. Fauci, Two More Members of COVID-19 Task Force in Quarantine

first_imgStephen Hahn, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, and Robert Redfield, who serves as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will also self-quarantine after possibly be exposed to someone who has the virus.Redfield and Hahn will testify by video conference, the committee’s chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, said on Saturday.Additionally, the White House sent out an email to all staff on Friday titled, “Strong Precautions We Are Taking,” about the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 there in the wake of Miller’s positive test, an official said.The note discusses maintaining maximum telework for staff, reporting travel and monitoring one’s own symptoms, according to a copy obtained by CNN.The memo also states that “high-touch points” in the White House and Eisenhower Executive Office Building, an office building near the White House where many staffers work, will receive “heightened levels of cleaning.”Last Thursday, White House staff reportedly received another memo, telling them that they would be asked about their symptoms and would have their temperatures checked before being allowed to enter the White House complex. Any person who acknowledges having symptoms may be pulled for further screening or may be denied entry.Neither memo addresses face masks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who has been serving on the White House coronavirus task force, told multiple media outlets over the weekend that he will go into a “modified” self-quarantine.The decision to self-quarantine comes after two White House staffers, an unidentified valet to President Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, both tested positive for coronavirus late last week. Miller is the wife of White House adviser Stephen Miller.Meanwhile, Dr. Fauci says his reasoning for doing a modified self-quarantine is that he had a “low-risk” contact with the White House staff member who tested positive.In that regard, he will mostly work from home, and would wear a mask and take necessary precautions if he is requested to go to the White House or Capitol Hill, Fauci told CNN. He is expected to testify this week in person at a Senate hearing on the coronavirus.Fauci says tested negative for the virus on Friday.America’s doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are heroes! pic.twitter.com/tbSKbBoqHi— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 9, 2020last_img read more